Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Writing Wednesday: When Do You Find Time to Write?

I posted a while back about Writing First Sight.  I started it when I was working full-time, before I had my daughter, so I found time to write in the evenings or on weekends.  I took a break when my daughter was a newborn but soon found time again during her naptime and then in the evenings.  Babies nap a lot, and around the time she was one-year old, she'd be sound asleep by 6:30!  That left me plenty of time for writing and rewriting.

Now that my baby is a toddler and has dropped naptime, it's harder to find the time to devote just to writing.  An hour here during preschool and an hour there after her bedtime makes it hard to really dive head-first into writing a new story.  I find it much easier to devote that time to shorter tasks such as editing, writing a blog post, etc.  But writing another novel?  Writing a new chapter of a work in progress?  It's hard to really get into it when I am so quickly drawn away again.

I have several ideas I'm bouncing around and want to get back to, but I have to smile when people ask when my next book is coming out.  First Sight was literally years in the making, working on and off as my time allowed.  I imagine when my daughter is school-age, and I have a several-hour stretch to devote to writing, I will find it easier once again.  I am happy that so many people are eager for a second book though!

Today during my daughter's ballet class I sat out in the hallway, red pen in hand, and reviewed a piece I'm currently editing.  Never did I imagine when I was working full-time in an office and writing in the evenings that someday I'd have to steal moments here and there in between playdates, preschool, and dance class to write.  As my schedule changes, I'm sure I'll adjust and fall into a rhythm again.  For now I will just go with the flow and devote what time I can.

When do you find time to write?

Monday, September 23, 2013

Fashion Forward Monday: Stitch Fix!

Before the end of summer, I scheduled another Stitch Fix.  I've been looking forward to fall and specifically requested blazers and jackets but didn't get a single one.  Maybe their fall merchandise wasn't in yet?  Personally I was a little disappointed.  While I had great luck last year (Stitch Fix #3, Fix #2), recently I haven't been as impressed.  I still see cute things on their Facebook page and other peoples' blogs, so somehow I'm just not getting what I like.

I ended up keeping a black short-sleeve faux-wrap top, which I neglected to get a picture of.  It's cute, but since I had my heart set on blazers for fall, I wouldn't call this one of my favorite fixes.
Although this "fix" was rather lackluster, one of the best things about using Stitch Fix has been discovering new brands that I love.  I've been able to find cute pieces online now that I have a few brands to be on the lookout for.
Want to sign up yourself for this personal styling service?  Follow this link: Stitch Fix
P.S. I did schedule a "fix" for October.  I'm hoping this next one will have some great pieces!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

September 11th What I'm Reading: A Widow's Walk

It's hard to believe that it's been 12 years since 9/11.  It's certainly a day that none of us will ever forget.  I've read many books covering the subject, both memoirs and historical accounts, and one of the most moving was A Widow's Walk, by Marian Fontana.

While this definitely isn't Chick Lit, it was a very heartfelt memoir written by the wife of a firefighter who died in the twin towers.  He was off duty but returned to work.  It was their wedding anniversary.  This book recounts that longest day, as well as the days and weeks after 9/11.

Definitely read this one with a box of tissues nearby.  May we never forget.

Monday, September 9, 2013

When Publishers Promote eBooks: The Bad

Ironically, just after my last post, I received an email from Amazon about a Kindle Book Credit because of a settlement with several large book publishers.  Obviously, I'm not the only one who think that traditional publishers pricing ebooks high (and controlling the ebook price) is bad all around.  If the settlement is approved in December 2013, customers will receive a credit in their Amazon account.  It will also put limitations on publishers' ability to control the prices of ebooks. 

This link has more information:

The instance that led to my idea for this post (and the other side) were some Sophie Kinsella "boxed sets" of ebooks that I spotted in Amazon's Kindle store.  A set of five books is listed on Amazon for $38.99.  Personally, if I'm going to purchase a bundle or boxed set, it would be to save money.  Considering that many of Sophie Kinsella's older ebooks are priced at $5.99 for the Kindle edition, it is actually more expensive to buy this set of books in ebook format.  The publisher is trying to make money, but this frustrates me as a reader.  I'll stick to ebooks that are reasonably priced or else just purchase the paperback/hardback version that I can then pass along to a friend, sell, etc. in the future.